Settling In

We made it Camp Humphreys and we are getting settled in, mostly.  Being without a car has been difficult.  We take taxis everywhere and walk when things are close enough.  We are in a house off-post, actually it is a three story apartment building, sometimes known as a villa.  It’s about one mile from the main gate, so it isn’t difficult to get on post.

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Thankfully, they found our lost unaccompanied baggage and that was delivered the day after we moved into our house.  According to the Army, for what it is worth, our car and the rest of our household goods should be here by August 15.  Hoping and praying that happens.  I’ve been studying for my Korean driver’s license and hopefully, will be able to take the test this week.

The last hurdle to cross will be seeing an oncologist.  So far, the very limited medical staff here at Camp Humphreys seems to be doing their best to help.  However, I still haven’t been able to get an answer about the closest oncologist or when my referral will happen.  I feel like this sort of stuff should have been worked out before I ever got here. The program that works with family members who need specialty care should really do a little more research to make sure there is adequate health care in place for all family members.  I’m still quite surprised that this post does not have emergency care on post. We are told to go to the nearest off-post emergency facility. Once we get our car that won’t seem so daunting. The Army really asks a lot of families.

The local Korean people more than make up for the inadequacies of the military.  My children are fawned over and feel extremely special when we eat out or go just about anywhere in public.  We are trying to learn as much of the language as possible and the locals appreciate our feeble attempts.  We had a good time shopping a local market, exploring downtown Pyeongtaek, eating at a local Korean BBQ restaurant, and more.

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Downtown Pyeongtaek from the top of AK Plaza

The boys will be starting school in about three weeks and I am VERY ready! Even though they won’t admit it, I know they are ready as well, so they can make friends and spend time with other kids who aren’t related to them.  They have been incredible throughout this move.  They complain, but not anymore if we were still living in the States. They enjoy all the new experiences and are willing to try new foods.  They are experienced taxi and bus riders. I’m thankful they’ve done so well and are gaining some life experience.

I was able to go on an outing with Protestant Women of the Chapel last week and it was wonderful.  I was able to meet some great ladies and have a unique coffee in downtown Pyeongtaek.  I had an ice cream with espresso poured over it, delicious! I’m very thankful to have made some friends.  One gal lives right up the road from me!

The husband went to his first real day of work today and I can’t wait to hear all about that. I hope that we can all get into some sort of routine and start finding our place here in Korea.

On a side note, I’m super thankful for the friends I have back in Colorado Springs who let me know that the people renting our house are not taking care of it. I sure hope it is a temporary thing and they get the place cleaned up. However, I have to wonder who lets the house they are renting get to such a point that neighbors are concerned about the amount of trash in the yard. Now it is up to the property manager to get things in order, that’s what we’re paying for!

I’m off to prep dinner, break up the fighting kids, and fold laundry. Even though we are on the other side of the world, some things never change.

 
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